9 posts • joined 5 Nov 2009
Re: I'm not sure what the point it.
Bloodhound is "an international education initiative focused on a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt" (to quote from their press release at http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/news/rolls-royce-backs-bloodhound)
They're learning a lot about material behaviours at high speeds which will bring practical application in the future but the real goal is to inspire a new generation of engineers. They've already signed up over 5,000 schools reaching 2.5m children. Hopefully some of these will be encouraged to follow a science and engineering path.
That alone is worth the attempt.
Not something I'd pay for
It's quite convenient to be able to access my email whilst at stations (my IMAP email on my iPhone seems to work even without viewing the Virgin ad screen) but it's not so useful or necessary that I would actually pay for it.
Now if you could make it work when the train has unexpectedly stopped in the tunnel for 20 mins and I'm going to be late for my meeting, well that might be worth something.
Re: Hard as I try
The BBC article omits the second part of the Bloodhound SSC goals - namely education. We're running out of engineers as they get old and retire and we're not replacing them fast enough.
The mission statement for Bloodhound SSC states " To confront and overcome the impossible using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To motivate the next generation to deal with global 21st century challenges"
Inspiring a generation to take up science and engineering is why they're doing it. Read http://bloodhoundssc.com/education.cfm
You speak of value ?
Based on the price quoted here http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/93461, with pricing starting from £31/mth or somesuch, £150p.a. for F1 is actually pretty good value compared to £372+ p.a. with Sky.
Get what you pay for
It's a tier 3 datacentre so there are some common power components. Typically a single bank of UPS's will carry the building load in an N+1 configuration. A failure of the output side of the UPS banks, as seen at Blue Square recently iirc, will take out everything with no option to run on generator power.
If you want fully redundant N+N power, co-lo in a tier 4 datacentre.
Pavlov was right.
If someone else posts your work and strips the watermarks or other information then it's instantly orphaned and under the proposed legislation fair game.
Don't want your photos copied ? Don't let anyone, anywhere, have a copy of them.
Rather defeats the purpose though
It's just business
Google does what's best for Google. This has nothing to do with ethics or morality, it's just a business decision. I assume that they're not making the profits they expected so it's no longer a viable business opportunity. It's just a better PR angle to claim some sort of ethical standpoint.
patents protect production
Patents were developed to allow the inventer of something to obtain a reward for the effort required to invent it. Historically there was little point in inventing something if it was immediately ripped off by a larger outfit.
The only reform that is really required is to require evidence of application. If you patent an invention and then do nothing with it, you lose the right to reward when someone else does. This would have to include licensing others to use the invention, sometimes that is the sensible way to exploit your invention but it would put a stop to IPR licensing shells that exist merely to borg up patents and charge other people for their use.
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